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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Antarctic Summary & Analysis

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Antarctic Summary

In lines 1-23, this poem is about Antarctica the continent or the land mass. Neruda describes it as the "austral" crown, meaning Southern Crown. He is describing a big block broken off of the main land. He says it is the cinerarium, like all of the ice of the earth has broken off, gravitated here and collected here, the dead skin of the planet sloughed off. He describes Antarctica as a basilica, or cathedral of whiteness. It is solitude personified. He is saying that it looks like a big, fluffy white cloud but it is a dangerous place to be. There are lots of ship wrecks because of the ice. Essentially these lines are an ode to Antarctica and are a description of it through Neruda's poet's eyes.

In lines 24-31, Neruda is saying that all oceans touch Antarctica. He is saying that...

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